‘The Ballad of Sir Anopheles’, The Bulletin, 18 June 1908

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Title

‘The Ballad of Sir Anopheles’, The Bulletin, 18 June 1908

Subject

armour, battle, chivalry, humour, knight, lance, mosquito, ogre, Sir Anopheles.

Description

The hero of this poem, as the name Sir Anopheles hints, is a mosquito. The author here humorously stages an encounter between man and mosquito as a drawn-out battle between a recumbent Ogre and an intrepid and undaunted medieval knight. It is clear from the start that the tiny knight has the mastery; indeed as the night-long battle progresses, the final result is inevitable, and the sullen Ogre’s defeat is a foregone conclusion:

So all night long the battle goes,
Until the vanquished ogre sinks
Exhausted and the sharp lance drinks
His blood [...]

Creator

O. C. Cabot (Edward Newton MacCulloch)

Source

The Bulletin

Publisher

The Bulletin

Date

18 June 1908, p.40

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Journal (Microfilm)

Files

Citation

“‘The Ballad of Sir Anopheles’, The Bulletin, 18 June 1908,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed August 19, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/1025.